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Protecting the Forests of the Chesapeake Watershed. Directive 06-1. Potential Loss of Forest by 2030. EC Directive 06-1 Five Steps. Develop ... a goal, framework, and milestones for protecting forested areas.

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ec directive 06 1 five steps
EC Directive 06-1Five Steps
  • Develop ... a goal, framework, and milestones for protecting forested areas.
  • Identify and recommend ... strategies to...slow forest loss and enhance needed stewardship.
  • Use the best available tools... to identify areas where retention and expansion of forests is most needed.
  • Expand efforts to link stormwater management and land use regulations...
  • Work create new...programs...

Timeline for Directive 06-1 Completion

Sept 06 Nov 06 Jan 07 Mar 07 May 07 July 07 Sept 07

EC signs Directive

State of the Forest Dialogue

States form working committees; Decide on lead

Forest Eco-Services/Markets FWG

States hold first of monthly mtgs


Riparian Buffer GIS Technology

State Assessment Methodology FWG


Deadline for draft goals and frameworks from States and Feds

Draft goals and framework “collected”, presented to NSC, IC, PSC

EC signs Goals and Framework

FPM commitment?

overlay model forest conservation value
Overlay Model - Forest Conservation Value
    • 30% Modified Index of Biotic Integrity (mIBI)
    • 30% Index of Terrestrial Habitat Integrity (ITHI )
    • 20% large forest blocks
    • 5% Streams, shorelines, floodplains and forest wetlands
    • 5% headwaters and steep slopes
    • 5% drinking water source protection areas
    • 5% managed working forests
  • The resulting values ranged from 1 to 10.

Draft Goals by State…



600,000 ac by 2020 (200,000 ac by 2012)

Looking at no net loss

250,000 ac by 2020

25,000 ac rfb

Retain existing-2.6 mill. ac

Set UTC goals-420,000 ac


88,000 ac by 2020

2,000+ ac rfb

virginia strategies
Virginia Strategies
  • Preserve Tax Credit for Donated Land
  • Increase matching funds for local PDR programs
  • Increase funding for VLCF to protect forestland in targeted areas
  • TDR- develop guidelines for localities
  • Encourage land-use value taxation
  • Landowner Payments for Ecosystem Services
  • Education campaign and Comp Plan improvements
maryland strategies
Maryland Strategies
  • Tax credit program like VA’s for donated conservation easements
  • TDR and PDR Programs with sufficient downzoning to generate demand
  • Watershed benefits tax district
  • Emerging ecosystem markets
  • Revolving loan fund

pa strategies
PA Strategies
  • Promote open space in comp plans
  • Recommend revisions to existing tax incentives
  • Expand area covered by Rivers Conservation Program
  • Provide training on Stormwater BMPs
  • Revise existing stm water regs to incorporate green infrastructure BMPs.
dc strategies
DC Strategies
  • By Arbor Day 2008 develop an urban tree canopy goal
  • Develop unifying policies legislation for the preservation and expansion of trees

City departments will develop and institute standard operating procedures protecting and planting trees and installing LID in public space

  • Work with neighborhood and community groups to identify additional areas where the Tree and Slope Protection (TSP) Overlay zone should be mapped.

Special attention to protect riparian zones, areas with significant tree cover, and lands east of the Anacostia.

fac strategies
FAC Strategies
  • Delivery of Farm Bill Programs
  • Forested wetlands
  • Land Planning
  • Federal lands
  • Stormwater
draft stormwater language
Draft Stormwater Language
  • In order to reduce pollution in developed areas and allow for development while preserving water quality, by 2008, each jurisdiction will investigate the feasibility of requiring no net increase in stormwater from new construction and redevelopment sites.
  • In jurisdictions in which this goal is determined to be feasible, by 2009, those jurisdictions will implement regulations that require construction permits to address how the project will conform to pre-construction hydrology after construction by prioritizing green infrastructure BMP's-- especially tree conservation, tree planting, green roofs, and raingardens/bioretention areas, on new development and re-development. Conservation and other natural BMPs will be used to mimic pre-construction hydrology while being protective of the public and the environment."